For the past 22 years, I have had the privilege to teach and work with many pathology and dermatology residents. Southern California is home to one of the largest populations of Jewish Persians immigrants and some of them have been my residents. As I have worked with them, I cannot help but think that some may be descendants of the Jews taken captive and transported to Persia after the fall of Jerusalem. And I as think upon this, I am reminded of the heroic story of Esther.
Haman, a court official, hated the Jews and tricked the King into signing an edict to kill all of the Jews. Esther was the queen and unknown to the king, a Jew. Her uncle Mordecai delivered the shocking news to her and asked her to approach the King to attempt to stop the potential bloodshed. His words to Esther reverberate through the centuries.
And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Esther 4:14 (ESV)
Esther knew what she must do. In that critical moment in time, Esther bravely approached the King, knowing she could be executed on the spot if she approached without being summoned. But God was in control and allowed the meeting to take place. Through a series of stirring events, Esther saved the entire exiled Jewish nation in Persia by exposing the plot of the evil Haman who had tricked the King into signing an edict to kill all of the Jews.
Esther’s bravery and trust in God saved an entire nation of people. Today, I am witness to this beautiful legacy. As I reflect upon her actions, I realize that, like Esther, every decision that I make, gives God an opportunity to work His will through my life. And who knows if God will place me in a particular situation that creates a legacy?
Esther’s actions have left a beautiful heritage. In my walk with God, I pray that He would continue to open opportunities to serve Him.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.